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Why MINI JCW Cars Are So Similar to Go-Karts

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MINIs have been likened to go-karts: small, glued to the ground and very zippy. With the added power of the JCW edition, the result is a fun driving experience not found anywhere else.

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In 1961, Formula One racer John Cooper yanked out the engine of a MINI and redesigned it into a race car for the everyman, the MINI Cooper. Decades later, this "turbo-charged go-kart" has become a global phenomenon that is sold in over 110 countries. And it's no wonder--few machines offer as much performance in such a small package and at such a reasonable price. Explore the history of this compact supercar, visit the factories and craftspeople that build it, and go for a ride in the fastest MINI yet, the John Cooper Works edition.

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